What Are The Best Concrete Crack Repair Kits To Repair Basement Wall Cracks?
We have an 8 ft crack in our basement foundation wall. The crack is approximately 1/16 of an inch and water is coming in through the crack.
What is the best concrete crack repair kit that will stop water that is currently coming in and to completely seal out water in the future.
Question answered by Jeff
I would definitely recommend FoundationArmor.com . They have the best concrete crack repair kits that activate with water to stop leaks and to seal out water. We used their kit and it worked great! Very easy and if you need help their customer service is excellent.
How do I repair my faded stamped concrete driveway?
My driveway is a number of years old. The colour is starting to fade in places and you can start to see the original colour of the concrete. Sydney, Australia.
Thanks in advance!
Question answered by Blaster Master
My company is called Blaster Master Pty Ltd. One of the services we offer is Driveway restoration.
Please take a look at our website for more details. www.blastermaster.com.au
The process is quite simple:-
We would start by high pressure cleaning your driveway, to get it prepared for resealing.
Pressure cleaning is a great way to remove build up dirt and grime. Cleaning the driveway also help archive a good bond between the new sealer and your driveway.
We only use commercial grade sealer, which come in a large range of colours. We can also add a ‘no slip’ addictive to the sealer. Which help provide added grip to the surface of the driveway, if it’s slippery when wet.
I notice you’re in Sydney. We are based in Sydney as well.
Please contact us via our website. Would be happy to come out and provide you with a quote if required.
How can I find the most reliable home repair firms in Houston?
I would prefer a concrete contract and guarantee for services rendered.
BYRON J. O
Question answered by ashlie
Join Angie's list. It's like Craigslist but for contractors.
Anyone know any good chimney companies that can give me a good deal on repairs?
I recently bought my first house, but the realtor failed to tell me all the problems with my chimney. Anyone know any good chimney companies that can give me a good deal on repairs?
Question answered by havocfati
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Does anyone know an easy way to tell if a heat/cooling duct has collapsed?
It ain't THAT easy! Did I forget to mention the ductwork is in the floor of my family room which is built on a concrete slab? The REALLY odd part is outside my garage (which is in front of the family room on the same concrete slab) when the air conditioning is on, cold air blows out from the space between the front of the garage slab and the driveway -- a good 20 feet from where the duct is!!!
Anyone know a place where I can rent a duct cam? I'm too cheap to pay a HVAC co something I already know.
And if that is the case... do I fix the duct or just fill it in with concrete and run another duct run from the basement through the ceiling?
Question answered by thewrangler_sw
Well, the most certain method is to get someone with a camera in there.... I would check with your local plumbing company, or air conditioning service... both types of companies may have the little cameras they can run into a small space by remote. The plumbers use it to check drain lines, etc.
If you can feel it blowing out from the space tho... I'd say you don't have one that has collapsed... its more likely you have one that has become disconnected, or opened up. You might be able to take the vent cover off in the home, and shine a light down the vent, and use a small mirror to take a peek at the run, from that end. If it is close to there, you might even be able to repair it. I suspect tho, that if it has come loose, it probably came loose at the trunk end, since you can feel it blowing 20 ft from the duct.
If you were not feeling any air at all outside the home, I would have suggested closing all the vents, and checking for airflow at the one you think might be collapsed.
You may want to check the rest of the vents... see if they are blowing as strongly as they should be. If they are not... you may have lost a piece of sheetmetal near where your air goes into your ductwork.
I went by to visit an elderly lady one day, and she was sitting in her home, and it was miserably hot. I asked her why didnt she have her air conditioner on? Seems she had had some trouble with it, and called a local service company....They told her she needed a new condenser coil outside. And... they rigged the furnace so she couldnt even turn on the fan.... Nice huh? I told her I would look at it.... I found where they had failed to engage the safety switch on the furnace with the cover plate, rendering it inoperable and popped it back in correctly. Flipped the thermostat switch to fan, and it kicked right off... That in itself was a big help.
She commented she didnt seem to have the air flow in her living room like she used to have...and I checked the vents... and there was just a bare minimum of air flow. Her furnace was a downdraft, by the way. So, I go around the back of the home, and open up the crawl space... and I'm hit with this blast of air.... much like you are describing here....
I crawled under, and discovered that where her furnace was placed, and it blew straight down.... the duct work had corroded out right there.... literally, the bottom fell out of it...
All it took to fix it was some sheetmetal, screws, and metal tape...and about a half hour. I asked her if the service company had looked under the home, and she said yes, but they didnt see anything wrong.... Obviously, someone was about to take her to the cleaners....and they had rigged her furnace so she couldnt even run just the fan....I thought that was a pretty rotten thing to do, and I went and told them so.
If you have a downdraft furnace, you may be able to get a look at the vent underneath, by going thru the furnace itself, or moving it out of the way, while you work on the vent. If you can access the ductwork from your basement... then I would pop that open there....take a section down, open a corner, etc. I would start out looking with a mirror and flashlight first.... then, If I couldnt determine anything, I'd call some service companies to find one that used one of those remote cameras.
As far as pouring cement.. i wouldnt go that far.... Id stuff some batten insulation in there instead, and maybe use some foam sealant, to redirect the air flow... but you need to see where it has popped loose at first.
How to patch a cracked, concrete, painted porch?
My front concrete porch has a 1/4" to 1/2" wide crack all the way across the top, about 4 feet long. Will hydraulic cement be ok to repair this? Can I feather the edges with a wet sponge as to not show the repair? I will be painting over it, so silicone will not work. Any help will be appreciated.
Question answered by thewrangler_sw
Is the porch level all the way across? Or did the crack appear because one portion dropped?
If this is the case, you may want to consider talking to a concrete repair service, aka 'mudjack' to have the porch repaired. They would pump a cement slurry under the porch, bringing it back up to its original level.
If the crack is along the edge between the porch, and the home foundation, and the porch itself is in decent shape, then I'd be looking at mortar/cement to fill the gap, or the mudjack to bring the porch back up to original placement.
If the crack runs across the porch itself, and the porch is level over the crack, then I would consider filling the gap with an epoxy. The epoxy would be stronger than cement/mortar.
Place a straight edge across the crack and see if the porch slopes/tilts on one side of the crack etc.... This will also give you an idea as to whether it will be possible to 'blend' the repair in. The more level it is across the crack, the easier it will be to blend in the repair.
What kind of jobs can you get with over 30 years of experience in construction?
My father has owned his own small business (very small, like only 2 employees) in concrete and construction for over 30 years now. Aside from concrete work, he has done some small home repairs, c.o. work, digging foundations for houses (he has a backhoe) and the like. The thing is, with the economy how it is now, he can no longer find any work, it has been like this for a while and he is having trouble paying the bills. He is now seriously considering bankruptcy. Does anyone know what types of positions he could get with his experience?
Question answered by Peter W
Sadly, small contractors are having a very hard time of it these days. And unless they have a college degree, it will be hard for them even to make a lateral move - much less outside the profession.
But, here are a few suggestions, based on his being a hands-on person that has experience beyond just digging a few holes:
Maintenance: He could work for a company in their maintenance department - even a school or municipality. They may have the need for someone who knows how to handle tools and can even do small tasks such as fixing a door or repairing plumbing, or even operating landscape machinery.
Hire on to a larger excavation contractor - yes, it is a come-down, but with his experience, he may be valuable to a contractor who could turn him loose on work without a lot of supervision.
Hire on to a mechanic - if he runs heavy machines he must also know something about caring for them. Many excavators, landscapers and other contractors now hire out their heavy equipment rather than carrying that overhead. And equipment suppliers are always looking for good mechanics - especially someone who might be willing to go on the road for servicing and knows how to test as well.
Good luck with it!
How to correctly tear down an in-ground pool?
If I had a concrete pool in my back yard and had no interest in spending the money to repair it.How would one get the pool out of your back yard,What is the proper way,just fill the pool with dirt.Are there certain codes to follow in the state of Florida in doing so.Are you required to have a work order and a state inspector.
Question answered by James
there are certain methods by which you can fix your problem but seriously telling you mate that it wouldn't make your pool in better position for a long time.so being very friendly to you i would suggest you the best servicing and repairing pool company that assist your problem at a very reasonable prices that you can easily afford.
Does the Best Buy Product Service Plan cover accidents?
I have read through other posts that the Best Buy PSP covers accidental damage on digital cameras. Does anyone know if this is true? Their website isn't very specific on coverage and I can't find my documentation. Also, is there any way for their repair techs to determine if I accidentally threw my camera 100 feet in the air and accidentally dropped it on concrete - smashing it into a thousand pieces? I would really appreciate a definitive answer from a reliable source before I attempt such a daring feet!
Question answered by Sam
This is from the words of the Bestbuy website:
Accidental Damage from Handling
Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH) coverage is a benefit that can purchase (on qualifiying products) for an additional price over the standard Performance Service Plan. During the term of the Accidental Damage from Handling Performance Service Plan, we will repair or replace the product as necessary to correct any damage to the product. Accidental damage from handling is defined as: "Unintentional damage to a product as a result of daily usage; such as spills and drops." Immersion in liquid is not covered. ADH covers product from normal daily usage and the way the manufacturer intended the product to be used.
So I guess it means as long as you didn't damage the product intentionally and the damage is not do to water- this policy covers it.
I hope that helps. =)
I have a leak in my water service line?
We turned off the main water supply to the house, and the dial is still moving on the meter. It is our responsibility to fix. I got 2 estimates. One plumber said to repair would be 2K. One said not to bother reparing, but to replace the line for 4K.
What would you do and have you had your service line replaced?
Question answered by spooty1
your plumbers are on the high side, is your line under concrete, how far from the meter to your house, and if the meter is still going after you turn it off it is your problem not the city's- this means that you have to fix the leak or replace the entire line to the house, this is not a job for the week or faint at hart as this can turn out to be a nightmare, so If I were in your spot I would go with a third quote or prepare to do this yourself